Friday, July 19, 2013

HEATWAVE ENDS WITH STORMS
The heatwave that's kept much of the U.S. sweaty and sticky, will end with some stormy weather.  Rain is in the forecast for the Upper Midwest and the Northeast and cool things down a little.... although probably not till tomorrow for most areas.

WILDFIRES IN CALIF
That fire in Southern California has put six-thousand people out of their homes, as it burns mostly out of control. The blaze is within two miles of Palm Springs, and is still less than 20% contained.  

METRO TO FIRE TEACHERS OVER EVALUATION SCORES
Under new rules, Metro teachers who consistently get low scores on their state-mandated evaluations run the risk of being fired.  The Director of Schools says the number of potentially affected teachers is "way less than one-percent." 

HEALTH: SENIORS IN THE SOUTH HAVE FEWER HEALTHY YEARS AFTER RETIREMENT
Seniors who live in the South are expected to have fewer healthy years at the end of their lives than seniors in other parts of the country. That's just one of the key findings in a state-by-state study on healthy life expectancy, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

DUBAI TO PAY GOLD FOR WEIGHT LOSS
Would you lose weight for gold? Would money motivate you? We'll see if that really works for motivation. Nearly half of the residents of Dubai are overweight, so the government is offering them pure gold for losing weight. About 20 dollars per pound of weight they lose in a 30-day challenge.

DETROIT FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY
The Motor City is dead broke. Detroit is now the largest U.S. city to file for federal bankruptcy protection.  The filing will give the city time to restructure its finances and figure out how to pay off 18 billion dollars in debt. California cities Stockton and San Bernardino both filed for bankruptcy in recent years, did some hardball negotiations with creditors and are back on track.

VANDERBILT ATHLETES TO AVOID TIN ROOF
The athletic department at Vanderbilt University says the bar Tin Roof is off limits to players. The Athletic Director says it's because of reports of students and athletes using fake IDs and drinking underage. The owner of the bar says he supports the school trying to crack down on the two problems.

BLOOD DRIVE FRIDAY AT LP FIELD JULY 19
And today is the day for that big blood drive at LP Field. 8 to 6. The cops, sheriff's deputies and firefighters, trying to see which team can get more blood donations for the Red Cross. 

NASA WANTS YOU TO WAVE TO THE SKY
The folks at NASA want you to get outside today around 4:30 and wave at the sky! Hold a sign, wave a flag, or just wave your arms! Scientist Linda Spilker says the Cassini spacecraft will be taking pictures of Earth from the Saturn system, and they want as many people as possible to get outside and wave at the ringed planet. The heavenly photo shoot is supposed to start at 4:27 this afternoon, and will last for about 15 minutes. READ MORE.

CHIHUAHUA GIVES AWAY OWNER AFTER ALLEGED BURGLARY
And your dumb criminal story today comes from San Antonio. This burglar breaks into a restaurant, and brings his little dog along. Gerardo Reyna steals some cash, about a hundred bucks, and surveillance photos show him leaving the restaurant as cops get there. He might have gotten away but his little chihuahua kept growling at police from the bushes where Reyna was trying to hide.

GRANDFATHER CITED FOR LEAVING KID IN CAR
Even if it's NOT hot outside, it's illegal to leave a child unattended in a car. A local man has been ticketed for leaving his grandson in a car outside the Kroger on Murfreesboro Pike. The car was running, so probably the air conditioning was on, but the child was alone, unattended for at least 20 minutes.

CIVIL RIGHTS MONUMENTS APPROVED
Nashville's role in the civil rights movement is being commemorated. The Metro Arts Commission unanimously approved building a 300-thousand-dollar monument outside of the Metro Courthouse and a "more contemporary" piece on Fifth Avenue North to commemorate April 19th, 1960, when a group of students confronted Mayor Ben West outside the courthouse and got him to agree that lunch counters should be desegregated.

NETFLIX'S HOUSE OF CARDS MAKES EMMY HISTORY
 Netflix's "House of Cards" made Emmy history Thursday with a top drama series nomination. This is the first time that  television's leading awards have recognized a program delivered online as equal in quality to the best that TV has to offer.  So many people now watch shows online that the Emmys had to change to keep up, and stay relevant to our viewing habits. "American Horror Story" got 17 Emmy nominations, that's the most of any show, then "Game of Thrones" with 16, and "Saturday Night Live" and the Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" earned 15 nominations each. Melissa McCarthy was nominated for her appearance on SNL.
SEE MELISSA MCCARTHY ON SNL
 
POWERBALL JACKPOT MORE THAN 141 MILLION
And you may want to pick up a powerball ticket on the way home. The jackpot for Saturday night is estimated to be more than 141-million dollars. 

PEOPLE IN U.K. LEAVING BABIES NAMELESS UNTIL ROYAL BABY IS NAMED
The Royal baby is past due, and could be born any day now. And 10% of U.K. women in an online poll say they'll leave their babies unnamed until Will and Kate name their little prince or princess... so they can name their own child the same thing. (In England parents can wait six weeks before they legally have to name their newborns.)  

WE DO THE SAME THING: NAMING KIDS AFTER OUR LEADERS
And before you laugh about folks in the U.K. going royal-crazy with baby names, know that here, every time we get a new president, there's a slew of babies with the new president's name. right now there are a bunch of 5 year olds here in the U.S. named Barack, Obama, Michelle, Sasha or Malia.
In Obama's father's homeland of Kenya, more than half of all babies born in the local hospital were named either Barack or Michelle in the days after the election. In fact, one Kenyan mother of twins named her babies Barack and Michelle, saying that she wanted her son to "have the same values as the man he's named after" and her daughter to have the "strong character" of the first lady to-be.